BBC Crimewatch Roadshow to feature unsolved hammer attack on Northampton pensioner

Sian Lloyd filming in Corby last year.
Sian Lloyd filming in Corby last year.

The BBC’s Crimewatch Roadshow programme is returning to Northamptonshire for the second year running.

The new series, which began on Monday, will be in the county for two days from tomorrow (Thursday).

The programme, the daytime version of Crimewatch, is being broadcast every weekday on BBC One, from 9.15am-10am for four weeks. Last year it also spent two highly successful days in the area.

Crimewatch Roadshow, which has about one million viewers, will broadcast live from two locations in Northamptonshire.

On Friday morning presenter Sian Lloyd and the team will be in Northampton’s Market Square. The programme will feature a number of local crimes – including the unsolved murder of Corby nightclub owner David Les Ross, and a hammer attack on a Northampton pensioner – with appeals to the public for their help to solve the cases.

There will also be films highlighting different aspects of the police’s work in the area, including an operation to test which off-licences illegally sold alcohol to under-age children.

Staff from the joint fire and police Prevention and Community Protection department have been working with Crimewatch producers and will feature live on Thursday’s show, providing key prevention messages and home security information to viewers.

Deputy head of Prevention and Community Protection, Laura Jones, said: “This is a great opportunity for the department to reach a large audience with information on how communities can help keep themselves safe in their own homes.”

Assistant Chief Constable Russ Foster, said: “I’d like to thank the many officers and staff who have helped put together two programmes which we hope will bring in fresh information on outstanding appeals but also showcase some of the good work the force is doing.”

Series producer Susie Phillips said: “We’re really pleased to be returning to Northamptonshire. Last year the public got behind our appeals for information and called in to help the police. We’re hoping they’ll do the same again this year.

“We’ll have our presenter Sian Lloyd live in the Market Square and another live from a county home looking at how we can do more to stop burglars.

“There are films on how Northamptonshire Police are leading the way by using body-worn cameras, and we’re hoping our viewers might even help officers identify an unknown man found dead in a Northampton nature reserve more than a decade ago.

“We’d like to thank Northamptonshire Police for being so open and giving us such great access to the work they do.”